Photo: Jankoski Bay House

Wendy Jankoski is a 3rd generation bay house owner who was instrumental in saving the bay houses in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her family has had 4 bay houses including the current one, which replaced a bay house destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Watch and learn about her family’s bay houses and the effort […]

Photo: Bob Doxsee

Bob Doxsee of Point Lookout, NY grew up on Meadow Island where his family had a fishing camp. Listen to this story about his experiences there, part of Long Island Traditions’ Boating with the Baymen program in 2015.

Bay house owners face unique challenges in building and preserving their homes, due to their location in a precarious maritime environment. Storms and hurricanes, along with frequent vandalism routinely threaten these fragile structures. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 destroyed many of the bay houses, but some remain. Hard work and labor are necessary to maintain the […]

Photo: Brian Warasila

In this video Brian Warasila, a bay house owner, describes the joys and challenges of owning a bay house.

Photo: Bay House Foodways

Listen to stories by bay house owners Brian Warasila and Mary Carson about the traditions of preparing favorite foods harvested from the waters of the bay near their bay houses.